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The Set List #5


Katie Shreds a tasty lead solo at Rock Stock!

Welcome to The Set List


The Setlist is RMC Studio's weekly newsletter! It's jam packed with awesome pictures, videos, and news that you won't want to miss. So make sure you always keep your eye on the setlist, you're gonna want to know what's coming up next!


This Week's Set List:

- Drumline gets moving

- New Peeps

- Green Day Jams

- A Whole Paranoid Android

- Shining Stars Shine On

- EJ Hulks Out

Studio News and Events


The RMC Drumline is on the move!


The drums are in! Well, 3 out of 5 of them are in. There are 2 more on the way, but that didn't stop the RMC Drumline from taking their percussive prowess on the move! Check out this video of them playing a cadence and marching together for the first time!


Welcome Wagon


We've got a new student to welcome to RMC Studios! A very warm welcome to:


Lee:

Benjamin, Piano

Teacher - George Sheehy


Welcome to the RMC family!

We can't wait to make some music with you!

Student / Teacher Juke Box

Every week we're gonna ask a student and their teacher to each name a song that they've been jamming on! This week we feature CJ and his teacher Dustin!


CJ:

"Holiday" - Green Day

"I like this song because it's the way I like rock music to be. Not too heavy but not too clean. It's got a fun guitar riff that's a bit tricky and requires a bit of skill but it gets easier after you work on it for a few days."


Dustin:

"Transdermal Celebration" - Ween

"I'm a big fan of Ween. They're my favorite "local" band from New Hope, Pennsylvania. They're great songwriters, creative musicians, put on a great live show, and have a great catalog and some wonderful bootlegs you can get online. I like this song because there's a spirit to it of fun creativity. And I love New Hope, PA.


RMC Featured Video

Feedback came to Rock Stock and busted out Paranoid Android in its entirety! Unbelievable skill from this group of talented young musicians. Feedback consists of Reilly Cogdill, Ted Crall, Michael Fisher, and Logan Swenson. Stay tuned to The Setlist as we feature all of our Rock Stock artists!



Local Spotlight


We're looking to shine a spotlight on some of our local friends who help make the world a better and more musical place! This week we shine our spotlight on our Cranford friends, The Shining Stars Network!


Shining Stars Network is an expansion of the incredibly successful Shining Stars Talent Show – which was created by Sally Curci in 2012 to showcase the various talents of special needs students in Cranford, New Jersey. The annual two-hour variety show is a testament to the power of inclusion with an audience of more than more 1,000 leaving last year’s show awed and inspired after watching the 30-plus special needs performers sing and dance on the professional stage of the Union County Performing Arts Center. Special needs performers come together in a dazzling display of choreography and teamwork – a culmination of four months of rehearsals and amazing dedication from the students, parents and volunteers.

One of the area's most anticipated events — "An Evening of Shining Stars" — featuring members of the special needs community, will take place on Friday May 3rd, 2019 at 7:00pm. The 8th annual showcase will feature another talented cast ready to sing and dance their way into your hearts as they share their amazing talents. This year's show is titled "The Greatest Show" and will feature songs from Broadway, Movies and even a few original songs. The Shining Stars Network was kind enough to let our cameras in to snap a couple shots of their rehearsal! Check out the rehearsal in the slide show below!

Be sure to check out our Shining Stars friends as they take the stage May 3rd at UCPAC at 7 pm!

EJ's Thought Bubble


As the fearless leader behind RMC Studios, EJ's brain is chock full of introspective musings. So much so that we've created a space for him to offload those musings and share them with the world! This is EJ's thought bubble...


A foreword from the desk of EJ's mind:


We will be taking a slight detour this week from our Game of Thrones tribute to bring the Avengers into the Gaub family mix. Seeing as how 3/4 of my students are seeing the movie within the next 24 hours, it only seems appropriate we touch on this.


EJ tries desperately to figure out his superpowers and communicate his deep thoughts to Garwood's quadrupedal inhabitants. He finds his efforts to be hopelessly fruitless.

1.) Quote that

I am Pondering:


"Heroes are made by the path they choose, not the powers they are graced with."

- Iron Man


This reminds me of something I read in "A coarse in Miracles" where we are told "abilities are potentials, not accomplishments." We all have remarkable abilities and amazing potential to do great things in the world. Often when we hear that our mind goes to being the doctor to cure Cancer, or the politician who brings the world peace, or the author of the most soul touching book, and on and on. However, I can think of so many people who have profoundly impacted my life simply by being there for me in a time of crisis or need, being a supporting hand on my shoulder, or lending that hand when mine were full. We think being considered "normal or average" is a bad thing. There is nothing average about any of us. Our greatness is in how we greet each day. How we handle the bad news, how we address the person who needs our time, money, guidance, or our skillset when we don't feel like giving it. Our  path unfolds through the choices we make daily.



Picture 1: EJ and Thor both gaze off introspectively. It's a fight to see who can think the deepest.

2.) Embarrassing Family Photos and Track I am currently listening to:


Picture 1:

Thor, you ask? With his golden locks and hammer of the gods sent down from the heavens to save mankind? Nope. Just baby EJ with the grandpa special haircut and a hammer totally unsafe for any child or probably adult to be brandishing alone while wandering his front yard in another ridiculous outfit. Thor would not be caught dead wearing attire with balloons all over it. However, some points of note: Nothing says class, and we love you neighbor like a rusted chain link fence separating property lines. I am convinced if my grandmother could have put that and a moat around the entire house...she would have. Also if you look at the bottom step, that is not an illusion...all the steps were totally crooked and the boards entirely warped. Going up those stairs was a hazard to your health. Perhaps that is why I have the hammer...I am taking matters into my own hands.



Picture 2: Captain America watches over the deep thoughts contained beneath EJ's patriotically stylish top hat.

Picture 2:

Captain America, defender of patriotism and freedom for all? Nope! Just infant EJ being harassed by his grandmother. Who does this to a child? First off it is clear I can not stand on my own which means I can not defend myself in this situation... which, when you are put into a 4th of July onesie (didn't even know they exist), and have an oversized Uncle Sam top hat placed on your head... defending yourself is a must. I look like I am being held a gunpoint. If you look it baby EJ's eyes... you see a defeated man, not Captain America... who would never defend us in such an outfit. Sidenote: what my grandmother is wearing is a wig. Do not ask me why, as she had normal everyday human hair. But she had an army of wigs on styrofoam heads in her room... which came up once or twice in my nightmares.


Picture 3: EJ finds the Hulk to be a deep thinker of the highest order.

Picture 3:

Hulk!!!! with his amazing emerald color and muscles that can bend steel and crush stone!!! Negative. It is once again... EJ. With his socks too high, awkward hair cut and smile, and bony arms. While I do not want to dig too deep into this now... I am starting to think that with 99.9% of all the photos I have of my upbringing... they are mostly at home. I am beginning to think someone in my family was under house arrest. More on this to come. My brother has no problem letting the camera know who he feels is the stronger of the Gaub brothers... as once again, he comes off looking like a full grown confident man. Somehow my brother and sister manage to make that haircut work. This photo might be celebrating the fact that what we are leaning up against is an actual railing!!! We did not have railing for a long time and many a fall had been had into the thorny bushes surrounding the perimeter of the porch. Another security measure from my grandmother I am sure. Regardless... hooray for safety!


So this brings me to the track I am listening too...


Iron Man - Black Sabbath.


The song was released off the Paranoid record in 1970. If you listen to the band prior to this song... it is easy to see why it was so monumental in their career and a big shift in direction. While the marvel comic book Iron Man had been out since 1963, the song is actually not based on the character. Geezer Butler and Ozzy Osbourne were the two band members who came up with the idea. Ozzy wanted a song about a man made of iron... he originally was gonna call it Iron Bloke, this is the idea which came to him when he first heard the heavy guitar riff. Geezer wrote the lyrics and the song is about a man who travels to the future and witnesses the apocalypse and then as he travels back to present time encounters a magnetic field which transforms him into steel and unable to speak. Regardless, he tries to warn everybody of the impending disaster but is simply mocked and cast aside. Angry he ends up creating a self fulfilling prophecy by causing the apocalypse. 


While recording, the band wanted a very heavy sound. Especially from the drums. Recording technology and microphones of the time were not able to deliver exactly what the band was looking for which made the experience a bit frustrating. However in the end producer Rodger Bain did a great job and the song to this day is legendary with one of the most recognizable guitar riffs of all time. The song peaked at 52 on the Top 100 in 1972, but is typically ranked as one of the greatest heavy metal songs of all time. The song is in the key of Em and is around 72 beats per minute.


3.) Final Random Thought:


"A thing isn't beautiful cause it lasts"----Vision


...69,999 more thoughts to go!

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